American Locations 34 – Okefenokee 2

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

 

Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia

 

Finished with the northern entrance, we set off for the southern entrance, where there is a state park, Stephen C. Foster, that we could camp in. Trouble was there were no roads crossing the swamp, we had to drive around it. So we drove north up Rte. 177 to Hwy. 23, where we turned south. We rounded the eastern edge of the swamp. At St. George we turned west on Rte. 94 and passed briefly into Florida rounding the southern edge. We took Rte. 2 northwest out of Florida back into Georgia to Fargo. We turned north on Rte. 177 and drove through the southern entrance back into the swamp. I know this road has the same number as the road leading into the northern entrance. But it does not cross the swamp, no road does. We took a road off 177 that headed north along a branch of the Suwannee River.

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We saw a lot of wild turkeys.

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This road ends at Pine Island. We backtracked to 177 and continued to Stephen C. Foster State Park. We got a well-cleared site where no alligators could sneak up on us.

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We so enjoyed this park we spent four nights here. This was our longest stay anywhere on this trip. There was a canal from the visitor center to the Suwannee River, which flows through the swamp.

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Notice the sign. Small dogs are a tasty treat for alligators, so you weren’t allowed to take them out on the water.

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There was an alligator who hung out along the canal.

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There was a boardwalk trail to hike through the swamp.

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One day we took a pontoon boat ride through the swamp piloted by a park ranger. He took us along the Suwannee River for miles.

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There were plenty of alligators to see.

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He took us up a narrow tributary. As you see in the middle left of this photo, there are signs directing you through the swamp. 

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Where we got stuck. The motor died. I suggested he get out and push us, like Humphrey Bogart did in The African Queen, but he didn’t like that idea. So he steered the boat while I paddled.

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While my wife enjoyed the ride.

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We got out of the narrow channel back into the main river, where a motor boat met us. This guy got our motor started. The park ranger kept apologizing, but we were both good with the delay, it gave us more time out on the river.

 

Next Location – Okefenokee Swamp 3

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